Your Hump-Day Recess: German Ignition Interlock Spoof from 1960

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This is rather hard to believe, but apparently some fun people in Germany filmed a fake newsreel feature about a gadget that would detect alcohol on the breath and prevent one from driving.

If we are to believe the company that posted the item, it dates from 1960, and it amounts to an early version of an ignition interlock. Called the “Alkoholomat,” this sci-fi device has functions that go beyond anything available in the market today. Instead of just preventing the intoxicated man from driving, it… well, see for yourself.

The announcer began by citing the device as from the “Department of Inventions Somebody Ought to Invent.”  We’re on it.

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